Beacons are revolutionizing customer experiences

GettyImages-629507966Picture this: You enter a museum and your eye is drawn to a painting that looks interesting. As you wander closer, your smartphone alerts you with a message that includes the painting’s title, artist’s name, the date of its creation, and a short background history about the piece – and reminds you that a print is available for purchase at the museum’s gift shop.

When you consider all the potential benefits of beacon technology – interacting with visitors, customers, travelers, and employees in spaces like museums, stores, transit hubs, and offices to deliver highly contextual, hyper-local and meaningful messages – it’s time to take a closer look at beacons in your environment. Continue reading

Zones acquires nfrastructure

On October 21, we announced our acquisition of nfrastructure Technologies, a provider of core-to-edge technical and managed services.

By acquiring nfrastructure, we’re extending our robust solutions and services capabilities. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zones, nfrastructure will expand globally and nationally, significantly enhancing its product fulfillment and technical capabilities.

“Acquiring nfrastructure accelerates Zones’ evolution as a services-led solutions provider with deep customer relationships and global capabilities,” said Firoz Lalji, chairman, president and CEO of Zones. “We welcome nfrastructure’s talented team to our organization. With similar cultures squarely focused on delivering a positive customer experience, we’re well-aligned to seize growth in the market.”

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Transform new and existing buildings into intelligent facilities

Today’s buildings require an array of complex systems to support the diverse populations and purposes they serve. But until recently, conventional wisdom held that each system required separate networks and controls, creating an environment that was difficult and expensive to operate and maintain. Pennzoil-Social-Master_742x388_Lower-Text

Advances in networking, automation and Internet of Things (IoT) technology has changed that, transforming the way we design, construct, and upgrade buildings; how we operate and maintain them; and how their occupants experience and use them.

Now, building services can be delivered over a single centralized IP-based network that dramatically reduces cost and improves efficiency. Such converged networks enable a new building paradigm that provides better monitoring, analysis, automation and control between all of a building’s complex systems, and lays a future-proof foundation for growth. Continue reading

More endpoints = more access = more risk

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Security in the age of IoT

Just two weeks ago, Delta Faucet Company broke a massive social media campaign for Delta™ Leak Detection, Designed with iDevices™. You’ve probably seen a post or two for the technology that is a combination of connected sensors and software that detects leaks and pushes alerts to owners to minimize loss.

The sudden ubiquity of Internet of Things technology – at home, in the car, in buildings, and on the factory floor – proves its value. Never before has so much information moved so swiftly between so many devices, networks, data centers, and people than is occurring right now.

Now, we’re not suggesting that leak detection is the best and highest use of IoT technology, but we are suggesting that it is big and getting bigger than anyone thought possible a decade ago.

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Your data could unlock the next big thing

Intel is making it easier to turn big data into big insights

The data available to every type of organization is growing at tremendous rates, and forward thinking businesses, hospitals and agencies are looking for ways to turn that information into insights and opportunities.

But until recently, the complexity of the architecture required and the absence of customizable apps and analytic functions have prevented big data projects from realizing their potential. Intel believes you’re capable of more.

That’s the reasoning behind the Intel Trusted Analytics Platform (TAP), an open source analytics Platform-as-a-Service that accelerates the creation of cloud-native applications driven by big data analytics. As the company whose processing and storage silicon is already at the heart of cutting edge big data centers, Intel has consistently been a leader in expanding the hardware and software scope of big data projects. Continue reading

Zones recognized as a technology innovator within Cisco’s global partner community

Cisco Summit AwardLast week, members of Zones’ executive staff were in Montreal, attending Cisco’s biggest and highest-profile partner event of the year, the 2015 Cisco Partner Summit.

And it was quite a week for Zones!

Zones was recognized with two prestigious Partner of the Year awards, highlighting our accomplishments in the Internet of Things (IoT) space:

Partner of the Year, Solution Innovation
This coveted award came to Zones, in part, for posting year-over-year growth that exceeded 300 percent in the Internet of Things (IoT) market.

Partner of the Year, U.S. National Solution Excellence
Zones earned this U.S.-based award also through our successful delivery of unique and industry-leading IoT implementations. Continue reading

Zones IoT CustomerConnect conference in Seattle

Exploring practical applications of the Internet of Things

CustomerConnect Q1 15On March 11, Zones clients from across the country arrived in Seattle for two days of education and networking at our Q1 CustomerConnect conference.

Focused exclusively on the Internet of Things, the program featured visionaries who are leading key IoT initiatives at companies like Cisco, Microsoft, Dell, EMC and Oracle, as well as business unit leaders from HP, VMware, Kingston Technology, CA Technologies, and Symantec, who detailed their companies’ approaches to – and solutions for – our increasingly connected world.

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Modernizing power delivery with Cisco Connected Grid solutions

http___webster_zones-media-library_media_library_Zones_Cisco_Connected_GridFor over a decade, Zones has provided a range of technologies and services to electric utilities, including PG&E, and Southern California Edison as they seek to leverage information technology to improve customer service and optimize power generation, transmission and distribution.

Today, Zones partners with Cisco, the worldwide leader in networking, to provide one of the industry’s most comprehensive portfolios of power grid infrastructure solutions that maintain reliability, address regulatory requirements, upgrade an aging infrastructure, and enhance grid security.  Continue reading